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Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment and more Zedlines

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment  

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Dr Michele Teng led the group of researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, where mice with breast cancer were trialled immunotherapy drugs before surgery. Survival rates are usually very low, but about half of the mice treated in this order were cured.

Government advisor pushes for 15% fee on student loans, and more Zedlines

Grattan Institute's Andrew Norton urges 15% on student loans. (Image source: Common Dreams)

A Federal Government advisor is urging the government to consider adding a 15% loan fee on government-funded student loans, saying it is a fair way to reach the budget goal of spending less on university education.

Federal education advisor, Andrew Norton said the government could save $700 million a year by imposing a 15% fee on its student loans, including HECS-HELP loans, which won’t be paid upfront but would be added to the principal of the loan amount.

Protesting for the Right to Public Assembly

On Friday December 2, local organisation Right to the City - Brisbane scheduled a street protest entitled, Right to the Streets. The occupation of Russell St in West End came after a number of protestors were arrested after a similar demonstration the week before wherein the group assumed they had been given permission to protest.

PM given green light to celebrate Mardi Gras and more Zedlines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull won’t be banned from Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebrations, after the committee board ruled against banning the PM from the celebrations. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Members of the committee had called for the Prime Minister to be banned after is inaction for the equality of the LGBTIQ community.

A statement released by the Mardi Gras committee said as a cornerstone cultural event in Sydney, Mardi Gras values the healthy dialogue we create with a broad spectrum of political parties.

 

Queenslanders brace themselves for soaring temperatures

Experts warn Queenslanders not to underestimate the heatwave threat, as temperatures continue to soar above December averages.

If You Can't Handle The Heat - Avoid The Street

In only the second day of summer, parts of Queensland are suffering from a heatwave with temperatures soaring well above average. (Photo: Flickr)

Temperatures are expected reach 38 degrees in Ipswich and 40 degrees in Gatton, but a cool breeze is keeping the coast much cooler than expected.

Health authorities are warning people to keep cool, especially the elderly and those who work outdoors.

New Theme Parks Considered as Tourist Numbers Rise

 South East Queensland has three new theme park concepts in the works, as tourist numbers swell within the region.

Sexual health education to change in Queensland schools and more Zedlines

Queensland politicians have introduced changes to the Australian curriculum as part of a statewide initiative which will see widespread implementation of sexual- and reproductive health-related topics - a first in the country.

Students from Prep to Year 10 will be affected by the changes, which focus on healthy sexual relationships and reducing stigma, discrimination and violence surrounding sexuality.

The Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 is designed to promote access to information pertaining to topics like sexual health, gender identity and to eventually eradicate STI’s such as HIV.

 

Industrial Relations Bill to impact Queensland Workplaces

Discriminatory laws still plague the LGBTIQ community and more Zedlines

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is set to issue a formal apology to the state’s LGBTIQ community, in order to acknowledge the pain and suffering caused by old laws.

South Australia and Queensland are the only states which still allow the so-called ‘gay panic defence,’ where citing unwanted homosexual advances can be used as a partial defence against a murder charge.

While the Queensland Government now says it will abolish that defence, South Australia is yet to commit to such law reforms.

 

New therapy for Prostate cancer treatments in Brisbane

Queensland prostate cancer sufferers will try a new GPS system therapy, used to track the position of their tumors during radiation treatment.

Pro-abortion rally underway in Brisbane and more Zedlines

A rally is currently taking place outside of Parliament House in Brisbane to decriminalise abortion in Queensland (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The rally has speakers from the Labor, Greens and Independent parties, as well as various community and lobby groups.

The rally is continuing the campaign to decriminalise abortion after the Women’s Right To Choose bill was rejected in October.
 

Majority of recession victims are Queenslanders

A recent report by SGS Economics and Planning has revealed a mass two thirds of the national population living in recession are from Queensland.

Australian fighter jets dropped six bombs killing 83 in Syria and more zedlines

The US military-led investigation has confirmed two Australian fighter jets were responsible for dropping six bombs in botched coalition air strikes killing at least 83 members of Syrian forces in September.

Australian fighter jets dropped six bombs killing 83 in Syria

The US military-led investigation has confirmed two Australian fighter jets were responsible for dropping six bombs in botched coalition air strikes killing at least 83 members of Syrian forces in September.

The attack designed to target fighters in the Islamic State (IS) Terrorist Group, was cancelled when Russia informed the coalition that Syrian military personnel and vehicles may be hit in the bombing.

Queensland Government introduces mandatory drug testing and more Zedlines

Parents who agree to an Intervention with Parental Agreement will be required to undertake drug testing with a particular focus on ice and methamphetamine.

Queensland Government introduces mandatory drug testing

Shannon Fentiman has announced a new mandatory drug test plan for parents of at risk children.

Parents who agree to an Intervention with Parental Agreement will be required to undertake drug testing with a particular focus on ice and methamphetamine.

The system is a mutual agreement between parents and the Child Safety Department, where parents engage in safety planning.

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